BASC has rejected Defra’s latest cost sharing proposals to fund some of the animal health work of a new independent body.

The proposals state that game rearers in England would be required to contribute to the costs of the new body, through a system of compulsory registration and taxation.

BASC strongly supports the principles of improved disease prevention and animal health policy but BASC does not agree that game rearing should be included in these cost sharing proposals.

BASC’s head of gamekeeping, Tom Blades, said: “BASC see little evidence that Defra has sufficiently considered the likely impacts of the levying proposals on game rearing in England. Defra has not even considered the differences between game rearing and the poultry industry. We are urging Defra to refocus on the prevention of disease rather than the mechanisms for paying for it.”

BASC’s full response to the consultation can be viewed by clicking here


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